But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:25

Rejoice Always

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do you know what the shortest verse in the New Testament is? The obvious answer is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” It is the shortest...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:15

Knowing The Lord Is God

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"...but what do I know?" 

It's a question that often welcomes itself into my mind, usually at the tail end of a series of thoughts I've just had or judgments I've made. Can I really be sure of that answer? Did I truly assess that situation correctly? This question can be applied to any number...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:15

The One Who Upholds All Things

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A little over seven years ago, one phrase in the first chapter of the book of Hebrews grabbed my attention: “He upholds the universe by the word of his power.”

Seven years later, I still don’t know exactly what that means. My mind is too small to grasp it all. How does Jesus...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:10

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

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Some things change and other things remain the same in every age. 

In 1857, a congregationalist pastor, George B. Cheever, published a book titled, God Against Slavery: And the Freedom and Duty of the Pulpit to Rebuke It as Sin Against God. In the preface Cheever wrote, “I am...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:05

What "One Another" Means For Our Mission

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For far too long, we whose hearts honor Christ have had no credibility with those whose do not. We are commanded to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have within you” (1 Peter 3). Well, they stopped asking a long...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:15

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

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WORSHIP AT THE DAWN OF TIME 

Since the beginning of time, there has been worship—in heaven and on earth. In heaven above, seraphim flew before God in the heavens, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6:3); angelic...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:10

6 Characteristics of a Successful Pastorate

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James Petigru Boyce (1827-1888) is a name all Southern Baptists should be familiar with. Not only was he elected president of the SBC 9 (yes, nine) times, he also almost single-handedly (in some regards) founded and helped keep the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary afloat during its early years....

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Monday, 08 October 2018 15:15

Stop Hijacking Jesus

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There are times when I struggle with Jesus because the picture that has been painted of Him by the world (and let’s face it, some so-called "Christians" as well) is not who He claims to be in the Scriptures. It follows then that the Jesus I am struggling with is not the real Jesus, but a...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 15:10

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church

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You’ve heard people say, “We just need to go back to the early church.” We need to be more like the raw, organic, on-the-go church we see in the New Testament.

I disagree.

Now, I don’t totally disagree. Obviously, there are elements of the early church we should imitate....

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:15

We Will Out-Sing the Enemy

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One of my favorite scenes in my all-time favorite movie occurs in the classic Casablanca, when Nazi soldiers mingle uncomfortably with the French occupants in Rick’s Moroccan café. The soldiers begin singing the patriotic German anthem “Die Wacht am Rhein,” which sounds...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:10

Links For The Church (10/8)

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We Collaborate Because We Are Collaborations

Wes Ardis writes about creativity within a community. "We should regularly make art through other trusted artists in the same way that the Father shared every bit of His creative work through Jesus."

Encouragement for Bible Reading from Puritan Women

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:05

The Honor of Suffering

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I pulled out one of her drawers to begin organizing. Menial tasks can have such gospel implication when done through the law of love. After I separated the pens in the junk drawer, I opened her day planner from 2017. She could still write then. Her handwriting, a memento I never thought I’d...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 15:15

Who Do You Trust?

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"Now on whom dost thou trust?"-- Isaiah 36:5

Reader, this is an important question. Listen to the Christian's answer, and see if it is yours. "On whom dost thou trust?" "I trust," says the Christian, "in a triune God. I trust the Father, believing that he has chosen me from before the foundations of...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 16:35

Don't Sing Noisy Songs

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Some churches like to crank it up to 11. But honestly, this post isn't about decibel level. It's about noise. Noise, after all, doesn't require electric amplifiers.

Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of yourharps I will not listen. (Amos 5:23)

The Lord addresses this to Israel...

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For many Christians, reading the Bible consistently is a challenge.

In 2017, the American Bible Society reported that only 20% of Americans read their Bibles at least four times each week. This means that 80% of Americans read Scripture less frequently than that, if at all.

But God says his words are...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:15

To the Self-Medicating Church Planter

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The face of evangelicalism is continually being bruised and battered by high-profile scandals and moral failings. Our response to these events ought to be a renewed effort at watching our life and doctrine. The sin of others, no matter how salacious, shouldn’t lead us to gossip but to a...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:10

Are Kids Resilient?

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“Kids are resilient.” 

It’s a mantra I repeated to myself over and over again as I sat in my hospital bed in the high-risk unit of labor and delivery. I was 33 weeks pregnant with a likely partial placenta abruption, meaning every day I spent in that unit was a matter of life...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:05

The Pastor and His Words at Home

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I send out an email to my church once a month, and there’s over a 1000 people in our database. I average about 20 social media posts a month that go out to a couple of thousand people as well. Additionally, I preach roughly three sermons a month, averaging 4000 words a sermon, to about a 1000...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 15:15

How to Diagnose Your Discouragement

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We sat in the sun and its heat beat down in the same way my heart beat up. I felt sunny, as if my heart were strolling along and whistling back at the optimistic blue sky. But my friend was a different kind of blue, and she told me why, and her tears sprang easily. I could see so clearly how God...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 15:10

We Can’t Mourn Like The World

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My grandma passed away recently. She shuffled off this mortal coil. She died. There are so many ways to describe death. There are the heartfelt sayings like, “she is in a better place,” or “at least she doesn’t hurt anymore.” I am sure we could go on and on with the...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 15:15

Remember Death

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Albert Camus, a French writer, was among those who recognized that death shatters older notions of human significance. The “everyday man,” Camus wrote in “The Myth of Sisyphus,” lives his life “with aims, a concern for the future or for justification.” This man...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 15:10

The One Thing God Exalts

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God is in the business of opposing and exalting, of bringing down and lifting up.

There is one thing that the Scriptures say God exalts and lifts up. It’s not talent. It’s not effort. It’s not having it all together. It’s not good behavior or good plans. It’s not...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:15

The Romans 8 Driven Life

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How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life? What would your days look like if you believed, in fact, that the most defining and secure reality of your very existence was not anything you could see?

At the end of Romans 8, we find Paul bringing...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:10

Links For The Church (10/1)

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Cross-Cultural Missions Is Not The Cure For Wanderlust

Anna D. writes about the desire to travel and see the world, and how we should not let this be the sole motivation for doing mission work. 

The Duties Required by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World

"You shall not bear false witness...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:05

For The Church 2018 Sessions

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All For The Church Conference plenary sessions are now available to view. If you missed FTC this year, or if you want to hear one of these great sermons again, check them out below. 

The Church Invincible: Jason K. Allen

The Church Domestic: Russell D. Moore

The Church Prophetic: Owen...

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